As of May 24, 2021, State of Maine expectations for businesses operating during COVID-19 have changed. Seashore Trolley Museum recognizes that our members and guests have varying levels of comfort during the global pandemic. As a result, Seashore has implemented changes to our COVID-19 policies to continue to keep our guests as safe and comfortable as possible as they continue to visit during COVID-19:
The Museum has relaxed some of its long-standing COVID policies for those who are fully vaccinated around physical distancing and wearing masks inside and outside.
Masks will continue to be required by all volunteers, employees, members and guests ages 5 and older on our operating trolleys. Those who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue to wear masks and physically distance in all spaces across campus for their safety and the safety of others who are also not fully vaccinated.
If you are fully vaccinated and notice another guest in close vicinity to you is wearing a mask, out of common courtesy for that individual/s, please consider also masking up in their presence.
Physical distancing indoors or outdoors is no longer required for those who are fully vaccinated, but is encouraged for all if you or your group are around another person/s wearing a mask.
During public operating trips, at least one trolley per departure time will continue to be arranged so guests and families may continue to physically distance from other groups if they request to do so. Dispatchers will announce this option over the PA system before each boarding time if the volume of guests at the time merits doing so. If more guests request the physical distancing boarding option than distanced seats available on the first trolley, an additional trolley/s will be arranged and boarded to accommodate groups physical distancing as well.
Windows on all enclosed trolleys will continue to be opened prior to each ride for ventilation. When possible, the internal and external doors to the Exhibit Room will also be opened for ventilation when the HVAC system is not in use.
The CDC and the State of Maine have relaxed expectations around the frequency of sanitizing high-touch areas. However, the majority of our guests continue to appreciate our trolley sanitizing efforts, so trolleys operating for the general public will continue to be cleaned before and after each ride. Dispatchers will continue to assess general guest appreciation in this area and Seashore will make adjustments to our trolley cleaning schedule when guest sentiment around our regular disinfecting schedule changes.
The Restoration Shop gallery will remain closed to members and guests until the area and path leading guests to the shop that was disrupted by last year’s track work is repaired. This may not be until later this summer. Check our homepage for updates.
All out-of-state guests who are not restricted from travel by the CDC are welcome to visit us at this time.
Tickets should be purchased in advance when possible. If COVID-19 conditions at the Museum or in Maine change and capacity restrictions are put back in place, only Eventbrite ticketholders are guaranteed entry on the date of their pre-purchased ticket/s. Eventbrite ticketholders may receive refunds up to one (1) day before the event start date.
Our display carhouses and the trolleys and other transit artifacts displayed within them are open to guests this season. Hand sanitizing stations are positioned at the entranceways of Riverside and Highwood Carhouses.
Seashore Trolley Museum continues to follow the Center for Disease Control’s protocols for Cleaning and Disinfecting Facilities, available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html
Museum Volunteers and/or employees will sanitize equipment used by guests with EPA registered products before and after each trip, paying particular attention to “high-touch” surfaces. Barriers will be placed inside trolleys on rides that are physically distanced, per guest request.
Restrooms are available inside our Visitors Center and will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day by Museum employees with EPA registered products.
For Maine’s most up-to-date COVID-19 policies, visit https://www.maine.gov/covid19/
On the day of your visit, if you or a guest in your group can answer “yes” to the following questions, we ask that you not purchase tickets or visit the Museum at this time. If you have already purchased tickets, we will be happy to transfer your tickets to another day, and no extra fees will be charged.
- Do you feel ill or have you been caring for someone who is ill?
- In the past two weeks, have you been exposed to anyone who tested positive for COVID-19?
By purchasing tickets to visit the museum, you and all guests in your group accept and agree to adhere to our COVID-19 policies as written, and understand your risk visiting any businesses during this pandemic, including the Seashore Trolley Museum.
For questions or suggestions, please contact our Executive Director at (207) 967-2800 x101 or [email protected].